The Kansas Jayhawks were outclassed by the Texas Longhorns from start to finish last Saturday, and regardless of your thoughts on office, there was no way Kansas could stay in this game.
Nowhere is this clearer than when looking at the box score. I usually look for good performances when going through the box score but instead this one was poor from start to finish. So let’s rip the band-aid off and see how bad it’s gotten.
A total of 346 yards isn’t usually considered a bad one. But when you consider that more than 200 of them came in a never close second half and the Jayhawks didn’t get their first points until Texas had 41 points, it becomes a bit clearer how poor that performance was. The Jayhawks only had one turnover, but it came late in the first half and both denied a scoring chance and set Texas up for another quick hit before halftime.
You could say that the passing game was the highlight of the offense, but considering how poor the team was overall, that doesn’t say much. The timing was wrong, throws were just a tad too wide, and the lack of a quarterback running game made it that much harder to keep defenders honest when Kansas fell back to pass.
Jalon Daniels completed 17 of his 26 pass attempts for 230 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he also threw an interception late in the first half. It was his first return action since the injury he picked up against TCU and you could tell he was rusty that game. He was also hurt by his reluctance to pull the ball and run, making it that much more obvious when he passed.
Jason Beans came on in the fourth quarter and completed only 1 of his 3 pass attempts. He was only 12 yards.
Quentin Skinner led the Jayhawks into receiving yards thanks to a huge 55-yard reception that came on the second touchdown drive of the night. He finished with 4 receptions for 98 yards.
Mason Fairchild led the team at receptions by 5. He gained a total of 48 yards, most of them coming in a long drive in the first half that ended in Jacob Borcila’s missed field goal.
Jared Casey was credited with just one reception for 9 yards, but he had a touchdown catch that was called back on an ineligible man’s wrong downfield call late in the first half.
Laurent Arnold‘s only reception of the night was a 42-yard catch on the right touchline that initiated the first touchdown drive for Kansas.
Luke Grimm caught 3 passes for 22 yards and a touchdown. Torry Locklin also caught a single reception for a touchdown, this time for 12 yards.
The running game was kept under control for most of the night, with the Texan defensive line pushing Kansas around for most of the day. The Jayhawks failed to gain crucial yards in key situations, and the longest streak of the day was 15 yards.
Devin Neal led all rushers but only had 13 carries for 51 yards.
Ky Thomas had 6 carries for just 15 yards.
Sevion Morrison had 5 carries for 11 yards, Daniels ran twice for just 12 yards and locklin had three carries for just 10 yards.
Run defense was atrocious that game, giving up a total of 427 yards, including 243 to Bijan Robinson and 108 to Jonathon Brooks. The duo scored 6 touchdowns on the ground. The only reason the pass defense gave up just 112 yards that day was because Texas ran 57 rushing plays on just 22 passing plays.
Kenny Logan Jr. led that game with 10 tackles. Lorenzo McCaskill was the second highest in 7 duels. OJ Burroughs and Marvin Grant were the only other players to score more than 5 tackles.
Kansas only had two lost tackles that day, one after the other Grant and another from DJ Withers. Rich Miller was credited with the only QB rush on the day.
The special teams were terrible in that game as the shooting situation developed so badly that Lance Leipold was forced to make a change.
Rice Vernon had three punts that day, but he didn’t get any inside the 20. All were returned, with Xavier Worthy hitting an extra-long 22-yard return to give Texas great field position.
Tabor Allen had 4 touchbacks on his 5 kickoffs.
Jacob Borcila missed his only field goal attempt, a 34-yard attempt late in the first half.
Owen Piepergerdes entered the game to do additional scoring tasks and did both.
The Jayhawks have one last chance to perform well in the regular season. They end the regular season this Saturday away in Manhattan against the Kansas State Wildcats. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Central.
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